Michele Bachmann: Why she needs to go

17Mar13
English: US Representative Michele Bachmann (R...

English: US Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) addressing a Tea Party Express rally outside the Minnesota state legislature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fact that Michele Bachmann isn’t the most intelligent person around is not an especially well-kept secret. In her bid for the 2012 presidential election, she made a particularly grandiose promise to bring the price of gasoline down to $2 a gallon, demonstrating a severe lack of understanding about what actually drives the price of gasoline, and how limited a president’s ability is to change it.

She was a favorite among members of the Tea Party caucus, however she’s most noted among more moderate voters, liberals, and even some Republicans, for her “factlessness.” In August of 2012, she discussed a new report supposedly saying that if we continued with the policies Obama had in place, our unemployment, which was just over 8% at the time, would be at 9% by the end of 2013.

The 9% figure, which did come from a report released by the Congressional Budget Office, referred to the laws at the time remaining unchanged. Obama was working to change some of those laws. These types of CBO reports always include scenarios for unchanged laws and for proposed policies.

She also said, during a presidential debate, that the CBO reported Obamacare killing jobs. The CBO made no such report.

Something else she got wrong in debates was the idea that Obama was going to turn over the interrogation of POWs to the ACLU, which wasn’t true and still isn’t true. The CIA handles all such interrogations.

And she said that Obama took $500 billion out of Medicare disbursements to pay for Obamacare. In truth, the savings, which are over the course of 10 years, come from reducing direct payments to providers and other methods. The Affordable Care Act also adds benefits for Medicare recipients, rather than diminishing them.

Probably one of her biggest gaffes was saying in a Dec 11, 2011 debate that for her debate the night before, Politifact “came out and said that everything I said was true.” Looking at Politifact’s website, they did no such thing. They went after two of her statements, rating one as “mostly true” and the other as “pants on fire,” which is, obviously, worse than “false.”

This was all during her failed 2012 presidential bid. Back in January of this year, she said that she had an impeccable record during the debates, and that she got everything right. Anybody who actually watched any of her debates, and who also pays any attention to the reality of what’s going on, knows that’s not even remotely true. This is not just a woman out of touch with the American people, this is a woman out of touch with reality.

For Politifact’s list of Bachmann’s statements and their ratings, click here.

It’s a wonder that this woman is still in office; it would seem that people would want to vote out anyone who bought the propaganda lock, stock and barrel. The worst thing about having politicians like Bachmann in office is that they’ll vote on, and help to decide policy, based on nothing more than propaganda. She apparently can’t read a CBO report correctly, so how can she be trusted to make reasoned policy decisions that are based on facts contained in a multitude of reports from a multitude of sources, written in a multitude of formats? People who have trouble understanding a simple CBO report shouldn’t be in the business of making laws that affect an entire population.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, she’s also quite paranoid, calling police for protesters throwing glitter at her, and for critics of her views on gay marriage creating placards using words like “shame” and “sponsoring hate crimes legislation.” The latter resulted in her calling police preemptively, in case she started receiving threatening phone calls.

If this isn’t enough, she voted “nay” on extending the payroll tax holiday back in 2012, which brought a measure of financial relief to middle-income Americans by reducing the payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2%. That cut expired this year as part of the fiscal cliff deal.

She also voted “yea” in 2011 on terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). HAMP helps provide relief to families struggling with their home loans by changing the terms of the loans to something more affordable and sustainable. In 2011, the unemployment rate was still high, the job market was still struggling, and Minnesota’s home values were still falling.

She barely won re-election in 2012. Hopefully this will be her last term: she needs to go!

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